“You have a debt to pay. You owe me your life.”
Anwen, bastard of Brynmor, has fought hard to find her place in the world. But she’s forced to rethink everything when she’s saved from death by her enemy Teague, Lord of Gwalchdu. Instead of releasing her, he holds her captive…
Teague trusts no one. So, with ominous messages threatening his life, he must keep Anwen under his watch, no matter how much her presence drives him wild. And when passionate arguments turn to passionate encounters, Teague must believe that the strength of their bond will conquer all!
In Debt to the Enemy Lord is book four in the Lovers and Legends series, even though these books do have a common link between them, they can be read very easily as stand-alone as each book has its own unique story, its own history and fresh character’s. I did start reading this series half way through and I am currently reading them out-of-order but as they are so well written and each one is different that is very easy to do.
I have been a huge of fan of Nicole Locke’s work since I first read her work and I have been hooked since each book in the series has a superb story that entwine’s itself so beautifully with history, myth’s and romance.
Set in the after-math of the war between Wales and England, where English King Edward I won the war, now the country has settled in a sort of stale-mated peace. Each side trying to move forward and get on with their lives, the Lord of Gwalchdu; Teague is thankful that the war is over but now home from fighting alongside King Edward he is treated with hostility from his people. Teague is half English and half Welsh and when the war broke out Teague chose to side with the English, making the Welsh think of him as a traitor to them and treat him with hostility and contempt. Teague is receiving mysterious threatening letter’s that are both alarming and worrisome, he feels alone as he has an issue with trusting people and more to the point very few people trust him. If it wasn’t for his brother; Rhain he would be very much alone in the world.
While out and about with Rhain touring his lands, he unexpectedly comes across a beautiful young woman who quite literally falls into his arms, after falling out of a tree. After the letter’s he keeps receiving Teague is instantly on edge, he is certain she must be a spy or something more sinister. But being the honorable man that he is, Teague takes her home and nurses her back to health only to discover that she is in fact from the illegitimate daughter of the Prince of Brynmore. Teague is a good man, he always does what he thinks is right not just for himself but for his people of Gwalchdu. He has a lot of pain that he holds close to his chest, I really felt him to be a very sensitive man and even the little snide remarks doe’s impact him. If it wasn’t for the wonderful Rhain Teague really would be alone in the world. He fully believes that Anwen is the person behind these threats he has been receiving so he makes sure she stays within his castle where he can watch her and as he does, he becomes more and more enchanted by her.
Teague is a lonely and brooding man, he sees darkness and lies ever where and trusts none and yet I find him utterly fascinating. His is a quietly seductive and remarkable man, he has like a haunted aura about him that pulls you to him like a moth to a flame. I love how Locke has described the brothers when Anwen first meets them both; one is golden light and the other darkness, and this is so true for them.
Anwen is very much in the camp where she see’s Teague as a traitor; which actually she does refer to him as such throughout the book. She thinks that being the Lord of Gwalchdu he should have stuck with his country people. As much as I liked Anwen’s spirit and passion for what she believes in and her tenacious character, I found her constant berating of Teague a little irritating at times she did act like a spoilt little girl a lot. Yet Teague and Anwar have a real connection once they let go of their own personal dislike and distrust of one and other. There are some really sweet and lovely moment between them when they have let their guards down, and their happily ever after is well worth the wait.
As I have been reading them out-of-order I had met Rhain before in ‘The Knight’s Scarred Maiden’ (which comes after this book) I was instantly drawn to him, he such an extraordinary character. As this is before his own story we see what he was like before he became a mercenary he is so alive, and so different to how he is when I first met him. The relationship between Teague ad his brother is loving and tender, they know each other so well and look out for one and other.
I have always been a fan of ‘Enemies to Lovers’ tropes and this is exactly what I look for in when reading one, the to-ing and fro-ing between Teague and Anwen is so entertaining, if at times strained. This is a dark and brooding romance – which is actually a lot likes its hero; Teague, which I thoroughly enjoyed it, I do have a real fondness for Medieval Romance and Ms Locke is a very gifted writer in the era. The story is complex and thought-provoking, with some very memorable characters it takes you on a journey with a lot of twists along the way and encased in historical fact.
Thoroughly enjoyed it and I cannot recommend it enough, definitely a must read for Medieval Romance fans.
In Debt to The Enemy Lord can be purchased from Amazon.